Friday, February 25, 2011

Color Combos Galore 181 is Live!

Soft and muted colors this week "and" next week too-they're killing me over there!  I struggle with muted colors.  This girl likes her colors in your face!  Oh well, one survives, lol.  Here is my layout for this week.  Our challenge is to have lace, ribbon or punches.  And, umm.. you can see that some of my colors have just a little more punch to them.  I know.  I'm such a rebel.

Inspiration Board 181

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Little Bit of Nikki Sivils for Ya!

Today we have tons of design team inspiration over at the Nikki Sivils Blog.  We all used one of her latest releases "It's Raining, It's Pouring", and it is one of my favorites.  Click on Nikki's blog link above, and you can see what some of the other girls did using this fantastic collection.  Here is mine by the way!

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flower Tutorial with My Little Shoebox

The other day I was trying to come up with a unique tutorial for the My Little Shoebox blog.  I came up with this little flower.  Hope you like it!  You can find the tutorial HERE.

TaDa Creative Studios Design Team Call!

We will be accepting applications for our new Design Team from March 1st thru the 20th. If you are interested in the Design Team Coordinator position, please mention this within your application. All interested designers should submit the following information to


2.Contact info (address, phone, and e-mail)

3.3 layouts and/or projects representing your best design work.

(Please, JPG files should be no larger than 500kb each.)

4.List of current design teams and/or your resume

5.Link to your online blog and/or gallery, if available

6.List of message boards in which you actively participate

(3x or more per week)

7.Share why you wish to join the TaDa design team. (If applying for the Design Coordinator position, please included what qualifies you for the position.)

SPECIAL NOTES: Use of TaDa products is not required. However, if available, please include submissions including TaDa product.

If you are unable to locate TaDa products in your local area please refer to the following list of online stores carrying a variety of TaDa products:
Submission deadline is March 20, 2011.

Our new team will be announced on Tuesday, March 22, 2010.

Design Team term/contract will run from April 1, 2011 thru September 31, 2012.

International applicants will be considered!

General duties of a TaDa Design Team member include: posting images of 2 to 3 TaDa projects per month to a private message board, 2 monthly postings on the TaDa blog highlighting a project(s) or technique(s) using at least 75% TaDa product, and creating sample layouts with new release prototypes to be displayed at CHA or various expos. Other various duties to be distributed among design team members: blog scheduler, chatter box (spreading the word/special announcements on message boards, etc), FACEBOOK moderator/poster and pub call lister (give DT heads up on various calls).

To learn more about TaDa Creative Studios visit

Questions may be directed to

Thank you and good luck!

Annette & Mary

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Little Shoebox Design Team Call!

My Little Shoebox is looking for talented, motivated, responsible designers who have time
to commit to design layouts and projects each month with our products and promote our
products online and at their local stores. We haven't set a specific number of designers for our
team. We welcome international submissions.

We are looking for:

1. Enthusiastic, creative people that love My Little Shoebox and are able to do monthly
assignments such as layouts, projects, and cards with our products.

2. You must post your work on 2 different galleries plus the MLS galleries

3. You must be able to commit to a 12 months term, which will be from
April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.

4. You must be at least 18 years of age.

5. You agree to release the rights of your designs to My Little Shoebox for display on the
company website, blog, and in company publications.

6. If needed, your designs may also be needed for display at trade shows.

7. In addition, as a design team member, you will be contributing twice per term to our
company newsletter and be required quarterly to make a photo or video highlighting a
technique for the blog.

8. You may be required to contribute to the company’s blog during your term.

9. International submissions welcome.

In return you will receive:

1. Packages filled with plenty of MLS products to design with.

2. Your picture and bio on the My Little Shoebox website

3. Your own personal gallery on the My Little Shoebox website.

To apply please send the following to (please use your full name
as the subject):

1. Full name, address, phone number and email address

2. 2 layouts, 1 card and 1 project representing your best never before seen work using MLS
products (jpeg files no larger than 500 kb)

3. A link to your personal blog and to the online galleries or message boards that you post on.

4. Design teams that you currently are on.

5. Write a paragraph about yourself telling us why you think you'll be a good fit for the MLS

6. If you've been published.

7. If you teach classes.

Submission deadline is March 10, 2011

Our design team members will be announced on March 31, 2011.

We thank you in advance for all of your work and appreciate your entry!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Color Combos Galore 180 is Live!!

You will have to pardon my absence lately.  Our house as been a little under the weather.  I squeezed this one out for the challenge even though I have not felt like scrapping - sorry if it is not great.  I missed last week, and I didn't want to let CCG down another week.  On a happier note though - my husband is still living!  My hubby was home all last week (5 days - plus the weekends) sick (yeah, I'm pretty sure the rotten scoundrel gave it to me), and I did not kill him.  He stole my computer all that week and was plain grumpy.  I deserve a medal.  It is amazing when I am sick I still have to get Hayden up, feed him, take him to school, take the dog out, go grocery shopping, make dinner....  Ok, I know all you moms get it.  Whew, that felt better to get that off my chest, lol.   Anywho.... let me pop up this weeks color combo and my layout for ya!

Inspiration Board 180

Monday, February 14, 2011

Promoting "The Scrappy Tree" and Happy Valentine's Day!

I was asked to be a guest designer for "The Scrappy Tree" which is a great blog.  What I love about them is that they are always doing something to support some sort of charity.  Seriously, how cool is that?  It is great using our talent as scrappers not only to perserve memories but for charity as well.  This month is was the charity "Save the Children".  If you would like to make a donation to "Save the Children", you can do so HERE.  I know there are tons of children around the globe that need our help.  Remember it can start at home as well.  You may not have the money to donate, but you might have the time.  There are tons of children that just might need someone to listen or care.  Even the smallest things can make a difference in a child's life. 

 Here is the layout I did for them:

And, here is a felt card I made for them that they auctioned off earlier this month:

Friday, February 4, 2011

My Little Shoebox CHA CHA CHA!

Well, I'm posting some of my "My Little Shoebox" CHA work for you.  I have already submitted some of it and had two layouts picked up for publishing so sorry, I can't show you those!  However, here are a few cards and layouts that you can see!  I still need to take photos of my Nikki Sivils projects so I can post them as well.  Although, it is too cold here.  I have a hard enough time taking the puppy out to potty!  I really don't want to stand outside taking tons of pictures of my layouts.  :(   Ok, here is some My Little Shoebox for you...



Mini Album

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nikki Sivils Stuff!

Well, I just got back from CHA last night.  I am hoping Nikki and all made it.  I know the tarmac in Dallas looked like a badly kept ice skating rink, and from the sky the roads were desolate at 3:30 pm.  Anyway, I made it home and was only about 45 minutes later that I would have been. This, despite the weather returning home, was the absolute best show we've had!  Her new releases (which are stinkin adorable) did absolutely awesome at the show!  That last morning I woke up a little horse from talking so much.  It was fun, fun, fun!

I still need to take photos of my CHA work for Nikki, but for now I will share some other Nikki stuff with you.  First off, we have a challenge every month that we ask all of her blog followers to play along.  Here is the link - January Challenge "Goals".   Here is my layout for the challenge.   I used on of Nikki's very first collections "My Sweet Cherry" Pie.  It is one of my all time favorite of hers!

You guys need to check out PageMaps for February.  Several of the girls from Nikki's design team were PageMaps divas this month.  Be sure to check them out!  Becky Fleck does the most awesome sketches!

Once I have taken photos of my CHA I'll be sure to post it!  I'll also have some My Little Shoebox  CHA work to post this week as well.  Have a good one!